Monday, April 25, 2016

THERE THEY DWELT WITH THE KING ~ GUEST LYNN MOSHER

Guest ~ Lynn Mosher, @lynnmosher 
With Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

I'm so honored to have Lynn Mosher speak to us this week. I have admired her work for quite some time and feel so incredibly humbled that she would accept an invitation at the last minute to be my guest this week. So with much gratitude and joy...

WELCOME TO HEART THOUGHTS LYNN! 


“These were the potters and those who dwell 
at Netaim and Gederah;
there they dwelt with the king for his work.” 
1 Chronicles 4:23

There They Dwelt with the King

Have you ever come across a Bible verse that jumps off the page at you? I don’t mean a verse you’ve read a bazillion times or can quote in an instant. I mean some obscure verse.



I came across one. Well, actually, I’ve come across others, but the more I think about this one, repeat it, or dig into it, the more I love it. So, here it is…



Hidden at the end of the list of begats in 1 Chronicles 4, where Jabez and his prayer reside, is this verse:

“These were the potters and 
those who dwell at Netaim and Gederah;

there they dwelt with the king for his work.” 
(1 Chron. 4:23 NKJV)

Not such a great verse, you say? Well, if you read it in the King James or the Masoretic Text (though each is worded slightly different), it says this, “These were the potters, and those who lived among plants and hedges. They lived there with the king for his work.” (Mas)



Better? Not yet? Let me show you what I see in it.



First, the definitions. The Hebrew word for…


*potters is a technical potter’s term, used in connection with the potter at work, and means to form, fashion, to produce, create, craftsmanship, handiwork, etc.

*dwell/dwelt/lived means remain, abide, inhabit, etc.

*Netaim means a place in Palestine, among plants

*Gederah means a place in Palestine, wall, hedges

*work also means business, employment, deputyship, workmanship, service, use, and ministry.



Dwelling with the king meant in his kingdom.



So, where are you dwelling right now? Where in His kingdom has the King placed you to carry out His work?



You may, at the moment, feel hemmed in, surrounded by walls of
hedges. Maybe even thorny ones. Maybe you see them as a hindrance. And maybe they are. Or maybe they are there to protect you. Maybe to discipline you. Maybe for you to learn a lesson. Or maybe to separate you from something until you gather up strength. 




But wherever He has placed you, He is there…dwelling with you.



Whatever the reason for the hedges in your life, or mine, they are of the King’s permissive will, sifted through His mighty fingers. Fit for you…and fit for me. Otherwise, He would remove them.



And the pottery? That is the King’s work that He has willed for us to do. The labor of your hands…and my hands. In His kingdom.



Through his letter to the Colossians, Paul tells us, “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Col. 3:23 NLT)



Within the hedges of whatever situation you are dwelling right now, that is the divine place of the King’s work for you. That is your service, your ministry.



Remember, it is a privilege to serve Him. So, “Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31 NLT)

What pottery-work has the Lord placed in your hands to accomplish for Him?


Where is your there? Is it behind the hedges, 
dwelling with the King?


There you dwell with the King for His work.


There. With the King.

 

But wherever He has placed you, He is there…dwelling with you.





Lynn Mosher loves to dig into God’s Word and treasure hunts for golden nuggets along the road Home. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied now of three kidlets and embracing three giggly grand-chicklets. Her greatest passion is to share those nuggets in her devotionals and inspirational stories, fulfilling God’s call on her life to encourage others and glorify the Lord. Lynn writes monthly for several sites and bi-weekly at her online residence, Heading Home. You can find Lynn's website at http://lynnmosher.com/

 


  

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, Marcie, for allowing me to be your guest and for your kind words. I'm honored. Blessings to you! :D

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    1. Lynn, I have enjoyed getting to know you and am just so grateful for your love for the Lord. You inspire me so much every day. Thank you for helping me and blogging for me this week. :-)

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  2. What a lovely illustration, Lynn! Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Norma. So appreciate it! :D

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  3. Lynn, trust you to find this gold nugget most of us would never have discovered. I must say dwelling in the grounds of the King, being available for His service... is most appealing.....I'm just not quite so sure if I would be able to live IN the garden.... ;) Bless you for this wonderful illustration.

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    1. LOL Thank you, sweet Mary! You would be the loveliest flower in the garden! So appreciate your stopping by. Bless you!

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